Monday, January 16, 2006
But, this is all she said:
Asked about the first lady's comments Sunday, Rice laughed and good naturedly answered the recurring question about her prospects for president in 2008. No dice, she said - for the umpteenth time.
"Obviously, it's flattering when people say things like that. The first lady is not only a terrific person, she's my friend. And I was honored that she said that, of course. She's a wonderful person," Rice said.
"But I've spoken to this. I know what I'm good at, I know what I want to do and that's not it."
How about vice president?
"The two are the same," she said with a grin and a shake of her head.
Now, normally this would be considered a denial. However, all students of American presidential politics know that in order to deny aspirations for the presidency, you have to use special words.
If you don't say the full General Sherman, we just don't believe you...
In the spirit of the day, keep hope alive.
Well, I will never support Powell.
Rice, on the other hand, is someone I might be persuaded to back. She is shaping up to be someone I could back. I'd like to see how she handles herself - so far I've been pleased with her professional growth. She just seems to bloom where she's planted.
I don't want to see a woman in the Presidency just for form's sake, but a truly well-qualified woman, especially if she's not afraid to assert herself, would please me no end.
She just seems to bloom where she's planted.
That was very well put, Cass. I hadn't thought of it that way, but that is my impression as well (which is why I said that I wasn't sure she was the best person for the Republican nomination, but I also wasn't sure that she wasn't).
I would like to see her in the primary campaign to see if she is tough enough for the criticism that inevitably comes. After all, she might have a glass jaw. I doubt it -- she seems like a steel magnolia to me -- but we need a tough primary fight to know for sure.
It was real white of you to mention MLK on this holiday, way to go.
Dr. King, I think, would have been amazed how far civil rights for blacks have come in this country. Then he would condemn the philosophy of violence espoused by Condi and this administration. King's message was about civil rights, yes, but it was more often about compassion, nonviolence, and service to others.
Compassionate, nonviolent Condi? Hardly.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a day to celebrate equality, nonviolence, and service to others. Here's to our views carrying equal weight in this cyberforum, Hawk, and here's to the iconoclastically American willingness to appeal to the highest common denominator.
Screwy, one can only wonder what Dr. King would have thought of Islamic jihadis, or the inroads that Islam has made among African-Americans. Perhaps his non-violence had its limits.
In any case, I can't believe I didn't get credit for mentioning General Sherman, Condi Rice and MLK in the same post. That's some well-woven blogging, my man. :)
Screwy, were you perhaps afraid someone might have forgotten what day it was?
Nice way to throw the race card. I have often wondered what MLK would have thought of all the hoopla on his "day". Just as I have often wondered what he would think of the fact that public schools don't have copy of his fricking speech because his children had his "Dream" copyrighted.
Way to go.
I have a dream too. I dream that my grandchildren will live in a world where all this race crap will no longer be important. Fortunately I see signs that this may be starting to come to pass. My best friend's son married a black woman and her daughter's first husband was also black, so her eight grandchildren are a lovely mix of races.
And you see, to them, none of the bull really matters. Because that's all it is.
A distraction from who we really are.